Project Student!

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140901 01b KKH140901 05b KKH140901 07b KKH  Registration day at the Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm)

And then… and then, one late summer day I found myself once more a student at the Royal Institute of Art. On September 1st, the new semester began – immersed in sunshine and jazz music – with a speech by new director Marta Kuzma. Then official photographing on the lawn. And for me, a space in the graphic department. I bring the object from Mr Benetton, and install myself.

140912 01b KKHNow, that’s already two full months since, and my main project is slowly evolving. It’s connected to my studies at the Södertörn University; I could say I’m attempting at bringing art to the academic world, as well as academia to the art world. Or: that I’m exploring what can be lined up in written sentences, and what can be reflected on a surface only.

finishing & preparing

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140421b grunda pannå

From the studio: a set of wood panels being prepared.
And from the writing desk (for Swedish readers): a reflection, finished in June, about painting with the help of facilitated communication, in relation to texts by Mechtild of Magdeburg, Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Om språk, tanke och det kroppsliga livets möjliga riktning mot frihet.

…to Art Lab Gnesta…

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Bildens yta som kunskapsfält (1)

Today and tomorrow, you can still see the Karl Schultz-Köln memorial exhibition at Art Lab Gnesta. The exhibition will close with an event connecting Karl’s own research theme to contemporary art and research. Die Bildfläche als Erkenntnisfeld (roughly: the Image as a Field of Experience) was the title Karl chose for his collected essays, edited in 1998. To connect and comment on this, I will stage a Lab Talk with artist Jan Rydén, whose project Thinking Through Painting is ongoing since 2009.

The huge differences between these artists are obvious; so, the question is rather, if there exist any common parameters?
What does the image offer as  a field of experience?

For my own part, I’m really looking forward to this… Jan – you are most welcome to Art Lab Gnesta!
And everybody else – you are, too!

K S-K Winter

Karl Schultz-Köln: Winter (oil on canvas); photo HHW.

Artistic Research Processes at Konstnärshuset (Stockholm) IV

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Helena Hildur W, installation with painting and prints at Konstnärshuset;
photo by Gert Germeraad

For my own participation in this exhibition, I brought painting #IV (still unfinished) as the central piece of an installation also comprising prints from Art Lab Gnesta’s risograph and a few items from the studio, along with an artist book with text and photographs from the project.

The book is available, in limited edition (30 copies in total); to order, please leave a note in the commentary field below.
Full text – in Swedish, although with an English abstract – can also be found here:

Om varseblivning av kvalitet i gestaltande processer: del 1, en individuell process.

Artistic Research Processes at Konstnärshuset (Stockholm) III

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The exhibition at Konstnärshuset is finished. For you who missed it, or couldn’t come – here’s to give you an idea of the rest of the exhibited works, along with links to full text papers (in Swedish):

Konstnärshuset Lena Oja b

Lena Oja: The management of a Cervical Spine/
Ridkonstens samtal: en vägbeskrivning

Konstnärshuset Auli Laitinen 2b

Konstnärshuset Auli Laitinen 1b

Auli Laitinen: In My Nature/I min natur (2012)

Konstnärshuset Madeleine Aleman b
Madeleine Aleman:
A Meal in Swedenborg’s Summer House/
En måltid i Swedenborgs lusthus (2012)


Antonie Frank: [WHITEWASH] (2012)

And a few more projects which come as artistic statements, with the verbal part yet unpublished:

Konstnärshuset Agnieszka Knap 2b

Konstnärshuset Agnieszka Knap 1b

Agnieszka Knap: What Could it Be?/Vad skulle det kunna vara?

Konstnärshuset Ivar Sviestins 2b

Ivar Sviestins: The Human Face/Människans ansikte
(note that the left picture is an extreme zoom-in, focusing the eye of a portrayed person – who is, in his turn, watching the photographer

Konstnärshuset Roland Ljungberg b

Roland Ljungberg: The Place/Platsen – artist book (2013)
PhD Roland Ljungberg is – together with Emma Göransson – the developer and leader of the course Artistic Research Processes. His dissertation (“En resa från det ordlösa”) is a personal mapping of the artist’s professional skills and knowledge.

All photos by HHW.

Artistic Research Processes at Konstnärshuset (Stockholm) II

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Konstnarshuset-27 Konstnarshuset-47

Konstnarshuset-44 Konstnarshuset-45

Konstnarshuset-36 Konstnarshuset-35


Konstnarshuset-21 Konstnarshuset-20


Exhibition Konstnärliga Forskningsprocesser at Konstnärshuset;
all photos by Gert Germeraad

Today is the last day for the exhibition Konstnärliga Forskningsprocesser at Konstnärshuset, Smålandsgatan 7 (Stockholm). Opening hours 12 – 18!

These photos are credit to Gert Germeraad, whose own project combines abstract drawing with sculptural representations of  French children lost in the Holocaust.
Ana Maria Almada touches on experiences of carnival and captivity, expressed in ritual performance.
Photographer Angelica Harms pictures the majority population’s view on Roma men and women begging in the streets of Stockholm.
Arne Widman and Magnus Carlén are the co-creators of The Symmetry of Being, an installation with several parts – among them a collection of chemical substances, photo portraits and a chair with a mounted plastic lung.
Emma Göransson’s artistic contribution comes as a Post Colonial Feminist Sami Kayak with an embroidered statement. Along with her work as an artist, Emma Göransson holds a PhD in archaeology and teaches at Konstfack Arts, Crafts and Design College (Stockholm).

For full text on each project, please click links!
(Gert Germeraad’s paper Rationality, Intuition and Emotion; Exploring an Artistic Process is written in English. For other papers, text is in Swedish.)

Artistic Research Processes at Konstnärshuset (Stockholm) I

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The booming interest for artistic research is, I think, a shift of focus from result to process. When ‘art’ – in some contexts – has become synonymous with ‘investment’… and in others, primarily an act of provocation… the processual aspect along with reflexivity, and the intention to make a positive contribution, is well communicated within the framework of artistic research.
Would you agree?

Exhibition open today and tomorrow, 12 – 18, at Konstnärshuset (House of Artists), Smålandsgatan 7, Stockholm.

For Swedish speakers, here’s a series of interviews on some of the projects and the idea of establishing an independent platform for artistic research; six short films made by Art Lab Gnesta and nigo produktion:
“Hör mer om ALG/R på Supermarket”

From Supermarket to the House of Artists (Konstnärshuset), Stockholm

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Konstnärshuset seminarium b
Seminar with presentation by Ivar Sviestins.
Foreground: sculptures from the series “French Children of the Holocaust” by Gert Germeraad

Konstnärshuset Arne Widman b
The Symmetry of Being, Arne Widman and Magnus Carlén 2012

Konstnärshuset, Stockholm – a somewhat tattered gem of a building from 1899, housing two artists’ associations – is next stop. Here, the Konstfack course projects are represented in the traditional exhibition format, focusing less on process and more on artistic achievements. A seminar with artist talks and a lecture by artist and PhD Emma Göransson complements the exhibition.

Konstnärshuset Lena Oja b

The Management of a Cervical Spine, Lena Oja 2012 – 2013

Art Lab Gnesta/Research goes Supermarket

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Art Lab Gnesta monter

Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm is the annual meeting point for artist driven initiatives worldwide since 2006
At Supermarket 2013, Art Lab Gnesta was represented as an independent platform for artistic research; a story which begun with the course Artistic Research Processes at Konstfack College for Arts, Crafts and Design in 2012. When the course was finished, the people involved wanted to go on – so Art Lab Gnesta opened its doors for their experimental, non-authoritarian research quest. Thirteen individual projects were brought to Kulturhuset, Stockholm, during the days of Supermarket 2013. Here’s an interview (in Swedish) explaining the whats, whys and hows of Art Lab Gnesta/Research:

Riksutställningar intervjuar Helena Hildur